Socialist Worker

Corbyn's victory: the Labour right are fuming, we're cheering

Issue No. 2523

Jeremy Corbyn speaking in Barnsley during the leadership campaign

Jeremy Corbyn speaking in Barnsley during the leadership campaign (Pic: Neil Terry)


This is the text of a press release published after Jeremy Corbyn's victory this morning.

The Socialist Workers Party congratulates Jeremy Corbyn on his re-election as Labour Party leader with 62 percent of the vote. This is an increase on the 59.5 percent he won last year.

His success is a clear sign of the feeling against austerity, racism and war. His victory can be a launchpad for increased resistance in the workplaces and on the streets.

We look forward to continuing to work with Corbyn and his supporters against the disastrous Tory policies that threaten to destroy key public services, deepen poverty, whip up racism and plunge British armed forces into more imperialist wars.

SWP joint national secretary Charlie Kimber said, “Well done Corbyn! He has struck another blow against the right and their rotten Blairite inheritance”.

Amy Leather, SWP joint secretary, said, “Jeremy Corbyn’s victory is a boost to everyone who hates austerity and racism. Corbyn’s rallies have seen large and enthusiastic audiences come to cheer a socialist message. Those people must become a movement in the streets and the workplaces that can block and then remove this Tory government.”

 “The SWP is not part of the Labour Party. But next Sunday, alongside Labour members, we will be part of the demonstration at the Conservative conference in Birmingham. On Saturday 8 October we will join the Stand Up To Racism conference which is dedicated to building a mass anti-racist movement in Britain—and where Jeremy Corbyn will be speaking.”

Real change will need an assault on wealth and power

We will work together with all the Corbyn supporters both inside and outside the Labour party to fight austerity, racism and war. A particular focus for us all must be to back the junior doctors’ strikes that start on 5 October.

We urge Jeremy Corbyn to call a national demonstration in support of the junior doctors and to defend the NHS.

Unity

The Labour right that have tried so zealously to remove Corbyn are not going to halt their manoeuvres. They will accept unity only on their own rotten terms. The large majority of the 172 Labour MPs who voted no confidence in him remain bitter enemies.

Charlie Kimber said, “There will be massive pressure on Corbyn to compromise and appease the right wing. That would be disastrous. Boldness and a break from “politics as usual” won Corbyn his support. He must not back down.”

Real change will need an assault on wealth and power. The election of the Syriza government in Greece in January 2015 sent hope across the world.

But it faced the brutal financial, economic and political pressure of European Union institutions, the bankers and the rich. It is now implementing a worse round of austerity than those imposed by its Torypredecessors.

That’s one clear reason why we argue we need a movement independent of Labour.


1. The demonstration at the Tory party conference in Birmingham, called by Midlands TUC and the People’s Assembly, takes place on Sunday 2 October, 11.30am, Victoria Square, Birmingham. www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/tory_conference_16 

2. Jeremy Corbyn is one of the speakers at the Stand Up To Racism conference on Saturday 8 October in London. Diane Abbott will also speak. www.standuptoracism.org.uk/2016/09/speakers-announced-peoples-summit-refugees-sat-8th-october/


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